Top Tips To Keep Your Fitness On Track During Winter
Summer bodies may be made in winter, but so are plenty of other things, like hot chocolate and pillow forts. The struggle to leave cosy bed covers and put on anything else besides UGGs is something even fitness fanatics struggle with during dreary, rainy days.
1. Keep your routine fresh
The key to staying motivated this winter is to keep your routine fresh, something personal trainer Liam Hartley of The Camp Fitness knows all too well. An outdoor team-based boot camp that’s heavy on the social aspect of exercise, all workouts are performed in scenic and central locations in Sydney, and are complemented with yoga classes and regular adventure sessions, like kayaking and abseiling.
2. Never mind the weather
The naysayers might give outdoor training the cold shoulder in winter, but Liam and The Camp’s regulars still turn up – rain, hail or shine. “We support each other, learn from each other and encourage each other when things don’t go to plan,” he explains. “Throw in a healthy dose of fresh air, stunning sunrises, and occasional comic relief from the more than colourful residents of inner city Sydney, and a little bit of cold seems insignificant.”
3. Partner up for best results
Training with a buddy or in a group gives you a sense of accountability that doesn’t exist when riding solo. “If you know someone else is going to be outside in the cold waiting for you, you’re far less likely to take the low road,” says Liam. However, this is one of those situations where opposites don’t always attract. It’s important to choose a partner who’s as dependable, motivated and goal-focused as you are.
4. Stay local
Coming up with excuses is easy is easy if you have to travel a far distance to get to your exercise destination. Pick a fitness group that gathers close to your home or work and there won’t be enough time to think of a good enough reason to stay in bed. The Camp Fitness meets in Surry Hills, Redfern and Waterloo, within strolling distance to the CBD and public transport. “If you only have to walk a block there and back, you’re a lot more likely to stay committed,” Liam says.
5. Do what you love, love what you do
The best kind of exercise is the type you look forward to. If you find yourself skipping reps on leg day, or succumbing to puddles of tears while training for a marathon, you’re going about it all wrong. Whether it’s team sport, surfing or hula hooping, everyone has their niche. “It may seem obvious,” Liam explains, “but these decisions can mean the difference between success and failure.”
6. Steer clear from negativity
Whether you’re a pro athlete or have just adopted a new healthier lifestyle, avoid negative chit chat that threatens to derail your journey. Surround yourself with encouraging and supportive people, and nip self-doubt in the bud before it has a chance to bloom. Liam says he sees quite a few of his clients experience this issue.
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